John 15:12-14

My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.

 There is a lot about technology that has benefited our society in huge ways, but there is also a lot about technology that has a negative effect on us. In many ways it has caused us to isolate ourselves and think that a simple text is just as good as a conversation face to face. Think back to a time when you went through something tough, like the death of a loved one, and you had friends texting you saying, “Sorry man, thinking about you!” How much more did it mean to you when a friend actually came over to your house and gave you a hug and sat next to you?

The more technologically advanced we become the more we crave human interaction. We were made to live in community with others and yet we neglect it more and more every day. God has commanded us to love others; how are we supposed to love others from the other side of a screen? When we get outside of our little technology bubbles and focus on loving others then we are effectively following the commands of Christ. The way we love one another will showcase to the world the love of Christ.

There are so many ways you can begin today to live in better community with others. If you live at home then set aside one night a week to have a technology free dinner with your family and talk about life together. If you live with roommates, do the same with them. I was once told by a wise, older man that, “Life happens around the dinner table.” So put your phones away and start loving your friends without the use of a screen. You will notice your relationships with others and God becoming so much richer because of it.

QUESTION 1. Are you intentionally living in community with others or are you shunning that for more time behind [on?] your phone?
QUESTION 2. What are some things you can implement so you can better love those around you and actually be with them?
CHALLENGE: Find ways to live in community with others and to love them as Christ would, without any help from technology.
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